Summary: I'm a university student and some of my teachers will assign a chapter out of an expensive text book and this scanner solved my problems. I can scan the chapter I need and return the book to the library without fear of a late fee. I have found this really great when I have todo papers. I can scan my research and organize it or send it to other classmates easily. I scanned my cookbook collection (about 12) in about 2 days.
Summary: I bought this to scan some textbooks for OCR / voice conversion. It was fairly easy to setup, though the install disk wasn't quite automatic. I had to do a "custom" install to do each component Individually. I really like the simple one button scan next page. On average, taking into account page turning and setup, I scan about 2 - 2.5 textbook pages per minute.
Summary: Regarding the comment about imaging close to the spine of the book, I found that we lose five sixteenths of an inch from the edge of the housing to the beginning of the scan area. There is a fiducial line near the right front corner showing where that area begins. I did run into a problem with one book that had been rebound with the pages trimmed. There are situations that will just demand an alternative easel and camera approach.
Summary: THIS AND OTHER PRODUCTS BY PLUSTEK I REALLY RECOMMEND ALTHOUGH I HAVE THE OLDER MODEL -3600-THE QUALITY OF BUILD AND ACCESS TO THE SCANNER IS VERY EASY ..AND TO UNDERSTAND HOWEVER SOME PEOPLE I HAVE ENCOUNTERED SIMPLY CREATE PROBLEMS FOR THEMSELVES; SO AGAIN READ THE MANUAL AND GO TO THE WEBSITE TO DOWN LOAD THE LATEST UPDATES !!!!!! YES THIS SCANNER AND OLDER MODELS DO (!) CREATE GOOD SCANNED COPIES OF PHOTOS !